PHOTO CREDIT: Andy scanie
The sun was shinning, the wind wasn’t blowing, and it was a smoking hot weekend in Camrose. The Cold Lake U-16 Boys and Girls soccer teams were in Camrose for Tier 4 Rural Provincials. Lac La Biche also had a U-16 girls team in the tournament. All teams struggled all weekend with the heat.
U-16 Boys Tournament
The Boys team put in a solid effort finishing in sixth place. They went 1-2 through the round robin. The Boys lost 3-0 to Hinton, 5-2 Stettler, and won 7-3 over Devon. Their record placed them in the fifth place match-up where they lost to Didsbury 1-0. The team played a few players short for the entirety of the tournament. Battling the heat, and staying on top of hydration was pivotal all tournament for the coaching staff. The boys had to also contend with long travel times, as their hotel was in Leduc.
“In a coach’s perespective we played really good. I would like to say we had some bad luck, and just couldn’t get it in the net. Our last game, we were dominating ball possession. [Didsbury] took one shot and put it in the back of the net.” Coach Frank Mayer said.
U-16 Girls Tournament
The Girls side faced a laundry list of injuries throughout the tournament. In the first game, their goaltender went down with a concussion. The team was forced to put a rookie in net. The Girls finished the round robin 0-3. They were shutout in each game, losing to Camrose 4-0, Olds 2-0, and Edson 1-0. They picked up their only goal of the tournament in the seventh place game, where they lost 3-1 to Athabasca.
“They did alright. With all our injuries, they still showed up. I’m very proud for what they did, and the perseverance of the girls.” Coach Andy Scanie said. “It was crazy hot, they’re sunburnt and suntanned. Everyone was ducking for cover after every game.”
The boys side of the U-16 tournament was won by Vermilion. On the girls side, Lac La Biche took the gold medal.